I try to create a delusional theater, where opposite things such as performers and viewers, tragedy and comedy, rulers and the ruled, love and hatred, finite and infinite, the passive and active, confront each other, intermingle and then disappear.
The theater in my mind is a kind of delusive theater, like a living creature, born from antagonistic relationships, which defies the borderline between the stage and the auditorium as supposition and, in doing so, entices the expectant viewers to realize that they themselves might be the actual performers.
Observing the world, extreme discriminations and open social segmentations are rampant. It’s not easy to live in this world.
In this world - tragic as it is - a disjointed comic theater full of contradictions, conjures up like a ghost.
YAMAKAMI is a unique artist who detests spending life cozily. When he was fifteen years old, he started wondering around the world. After returning to Japan, he lived in the mountains looking for slime molds and bathed himself in the spiritual world as well. He felt a solemn beauty in the heroic death of his friend, which moved him and awoke his wild sensibility motivating him to create masterpieces of art as requiem and homage. His belief has been “to remain connected” ever since he learned that his first name, Wataru, meant “to be connected” in the language of a minority group in South America. But, for this exhibition, he says that he would create a “theater” displaying the concept of “to be divided.” He also says that his work is only a tool for him, and he has just begun its “Prologue.”